Dull Leather

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  1. Lindsayanne

    Lindsayanne Senior Member+

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    What can you do for leather that's just "blah". This is my dressage saddle, it's actually very high quality leather but it's well used and always looks dull and almost has a greyish surface tint -especially after I clean it. It helps ALOT when I condition it after cleaning, but after I've ridden in it a few times it gets rubbed back down to the greyish dull look.


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  2. Shotgun93

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    What kind of conditioner and cleaner do you use? A good quality one will help restore the shine, and a good cleaner will get the build up off the leather - which is probably what's turning it grey.
     
  3. PaulaQHMax

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    When you clean your tack do you wash it down first?
    I wash mine with warm water to get rid of dirt and sweat and then clean it with Lincoln Leather Cleaner with added beeswax then leave it for a couple of hours before I wipe it over again and buff it. This is a very good saddle soap for me.

    There are alot of products for cleaning leather so try a few and get the one that works best for you.
     
  4. Lindsayanne

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    It doesn't seem to matter what I use. I've used the stubben stuff, the cheapy lexol cleaner, and even castille soap with basically the same results. :confused: The MORE I scrub and make sure it's really clean, the greyer it looks. :( Could it maybe be something to do with the dye being worn off the top part of the leather through use?
     
  5. crazy4horses205

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    When you clean your saddle, get the sponge nice and sudsy and scrub in little circles. If you're saddle is really dirty then the suds will probably turn brown. If you do that it should get the build up out of the saddle and it will look better. Have you tried professional tack cleaning? Its expensive, but maybe it will get you're saddle looking good again.
     
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  7. Fox Glove

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    You could be getting the leather
    TOO wet!
    I use a very well wrung out NATURAL sponge..

    You may want to try going back to something very basic..
    You could try, very warm water,and a new sponge..
    Go over the saddle just with the warm sponge to open the pores
    Of the leather..I use the liquid Murphys Oil Soap when something
    Is over conditioned or dead looking,, just a little on the bearly damp
    Sponge.. work it in, I bet you see that greenie film rise to the surface..
    Get fresh warm water and with that same bearly damp well wrung out
    Sponge start to work it all out ..

    Wait a full day, and then use a leather conditioner..
    Can't hurt :)

    Paula
     
  8. PaulaQHMax

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    Have you tried Arait's leather care range? It does a black polish which puts some of the colour back into the leather and it waterproof's it too, I wouldn't use it on the whole saddle just the seat and top pannels.
     
  9. crazy4horses205

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    that's exactly what I meant, but I couldn't explain it that well! Also, I agree with you about the over wetting, I accidentally did that to my saddle. Condition it good and buff it after it completly dries out the next time you clean it.
     
  10. Shotgun93

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    I use the leather cleaner, not water to clean - Effax has really good stuff. Using water will leave you with residue.
     






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